Adaline St. John Mereihew
Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Letter, Adaline St. John and Juliana Shepard to Eliza A. Ogden September 11, 1818 (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).
A "Miss St. John" is mentioned in Myra Coleman's 1818 diary. This entry likely refers to Adaline St. John Mereihew (Connecticut Historical Society - Litchfield area family papers, 1794-1860).
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